WOMEN: UN appoints its first female Force Commander

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Being a woman in the top ranks of the military has been "challenging but interesting", according to the new head the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Major-General Kristin Lund is the very first woman to be appointed Force Commander at the UN. She had broken new ground before as the first female officer in Norway to be promoted to the rank of Major General. Given her experience with UN peacekeeping missions as a military and as a civilian, Major General Lund told Jocelyne Sambira how being a woman gives her access to "one hundred per cent" of the population.

More indigenous women and youth are standing for their rights

Indigenous women are taking on more leadership positions and standing up for their rights, according to a member of an East African indigenous community. Martha Ntoipo is part of the Maasai community, a population of several hundred thousand people living in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. She is at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a two-week forum on issues affecting indigenous people around the world.

Maternity protection improving but "vast" global gaps remain

The provision of maternity protection for women around the world is improving, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), but "vast" global gaps remain. On Tuesday, the ILO published its third Maternity and Paternity at Work report, which shows that at least 830 million women workers still do not have adequate protection. But as Daniel Dickinson reports many countries are moving towards supporting working fathers.

Presenter: Sophie Outhwaite.
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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